Did that title catch your eye? Good, you really just might LOVE these books!
I was a self-professed book hater. Yep, hater. It’s a strong word and I was. But that changed last year when I came across my old physical copy of The Secret that I bought in 2008, back when I still relatively enjoyed reading books. I’d somehow stashed it away amongst all my important paperwork from over the years aka, doctors receipts, old bills, tax declarations etc. and so it had survived my annual culling of things I did not want anymore.
Something sparked within me, a desire to read it again and although I’ve read The Secret probably around 8 times now, it still gave me goosebumps. I read the first three chapters in one hit and it was a good feeling. Strange, but good.
Later that evening, I was watching a YouTube video of a ‘Whats In My Handbag’ video that someone I’d recently subscribed to had uploaded. (Dont ask questions, it was a nice handbag haha.) In the video she pulled out a copy of The Miracle Morning, briefly saying that it was really good and she wanted to dedicate more time to reading it. Something inside me gravitated towards this book and I found myself searching the internet for a cheap copy of it. I signed up to Book Depository which was the cheapest seller plus had free delivery, paid for the book, and two weeks later my book addiction began.
One year later and now I’m at this point, 10 self-help books in and enough confidence to recommend my top 5 picks for you!
Lets begin, going from easiest to read to more challenging:
(PS; If you find it hard to concentrate whilst reading, please let me know and I can try to offer some tips on how I learnt to fully absorb the content of these books!)
One. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
This kick started my paperback love affair, a great read that promises “6 easy habits to transform your life, all before 8am“. My copy is full of yellow highlighted quotes, questions and paragraphs that I find myself flicking back to every now and then. I still have a lot of work to do in forming these habits but I do at least 4 out of 6 everyday and trust me, it works! It captivated me from the first chapter, Hal is relatable and feels like a friend, it was hard to put the book down and I finished it in one week.
Two. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
The book that started it all. If you’re a book hater like I was, perhaps starting by watching the film version first might help you ease into this fantastic read, an easy introduction to the law of attraction and a stepping stone to opening the mind to your life’s true potential. Also, I bought mine second-hand and it has a cute little message in the front of it, I wonder what their life is like these days..
Three. Ask and it is Given – Esther and Jerry Hicks
With the Secret as an easy introduction, Ask and it is Given is the next step if you want to start learning a little more about manifesting your desires. I found this a great transitional book that uses repetition as a way of ensuring your brain memorizes the teachings it offers. I must point out that it does this very subtly, feeling less like a chore and more of a page turner. I love to read this during my morning commute as it puts me in a high vibration for the rest of the day.
Four. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
I completely understand that this book may be irrelevant to some people’s wants and needs in life, however I really do believe that it offers some fantastic life skills in regards to dealing with other humans and also getting what you want from them. There is an updated version from 2012 for ‘The Digital Age’ however I prefer the original, as it was released in 1937 and really focuses on the basics of human psychology without any of the digital age distractions of today and are really just as effective now as they were back then. I’ve used these tips at work and can vouch for them that they do indeed work! Perfect for sales people and other sales driven careers.
Five. The Law of Attraction: The Teachings of Abraham – Esther and Jerry Hicks.
I’ve included Esther and Jerry Hicks twice in this list, because although this was the first book of theirs that I bought, I found Ask and it is Given SO much easier to comprehend and learn the teachings, whereas this book (although amazing and MUCH more in-depth) was quite complicated and challenging for me to understand. I’m unsure if it’s the layout, writing style or just my reading comprehension skills at the time but it wasnt until I’d started seeing some results from Ask and it is Given that I gave this book another chance. It is clearer with less repetition, but perhaps better for the more skilled reader. (I’d recommend reading at home in a quiet room, a notepad and pen by your side with some white or brown noise playing to fully immerse yourself in the content.)
Well there you go, a top 5 list of my favourite books from the past year! Some honourable mentions must go to Gabby Bernstein’s ‘The Universe Has your Back’ and Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’ as well. If I can read 10 books in a year, so can you! You just need the right person to get you started, so thankyou Hal Elrod for inspiring me. 👍🏽
Let me know your favourites and any tips you have for others on how to study books better or just hold your concentration better, I’d love to hear them as life is always about improving yourself to be the best version possible of YOU!
Until next time, au revoir! 💃🏼